Day 362: From Another Sketch Blog
December 28, 2013

I have shared with all of you that I love Mojo Monday. Another blog that I used to go to for inspiration is called Sketch Saturday. For today’s project, I decided to use their latest sketch (#290). I particularly loved a couple of the sample cards they included in their post – Vannessa’s and Lizy’s really spoke to me. How could I not love Vannessa’s little pirate since he is inspired by the sea? Of course, the card that really appealed to me was Lizy’s and how she used the tag for the image.

Card with Beach tag and clothes pins

I obviously borrowed the whole tag idea when I made my card. I love that beach scene stamp, and I don’t know for certain when and where I got it or if I have even used it for a project. I colored the image using colored pencils and chalk pencils. I then replace ribbon at the top of the tag with a mini clothes pin. Not really sure why I decided to go that route, but once I made up my mind to do it, it just seemed to make sense to use the clothes pins to attach by sentiment as well. In case you can’t read it, the sentiment says, “Wishing you a day filled with tropical breezes and swaying palm trees.” Sounds like a perfect day to me and makes me wish that I was sitting under that little umbrella taking in a beach day.

Day 358: His and Hers
December 24, 2013

I have got to have the worst timing in the world. Last night, I noticed my throat getting scratchy. Today, I woke up to a full blown sore throat just in time for Christmas.

Luckily since I wasn’t feeling up to doing much last night, I was just sitting around playing on my phone and saw an idea on Pinterest. They made cute little Christmas decoration signs with beach inspired sayings. Well, I wasn’t quite feeling that creative, but I did my take on the idea and created a door hanger:

Queen of the Sand Castle

Not wanting my husband to feel left out, I decorated the other side for him:

KIng of the Sand Castle

So, as projects go, it is totally and completely impractical, but it was what fit my mood today.

Day 357: Mishaps Make Me Crabby
December 23, 2013

The project that I originally set out to do this morning failed. I am thinking that acrylic paints and stencils are just not items that I should be working with. Anyway, after discovery the extent of my failure, I regrouped and created a card based on the new sketch over at Mojo Monday (#325).

Sorry I Was Crabby Card

The sentiment is a little hard to read, but it says, “Sorry I was crabby.” When projects don’t work like I planned, I can get a little crabby, but this cute little guy helped to get my mood and my creative mojo back on track.

 

Day 353: A Treasure Box
December 19, 2013

I knew that once the family day festivities wrapped up that I would have a bit of down time, so I brought this project with me to do on the road.

Mermaid Box

I had bought this box when Laura and I went to Savage Mill. It caught my eye because it was made in such a way that you could stamp a design on the top of the box as if you were working on paper. I thought that was cool. (It was also handy because I could just pack all of  my supplies–except the Sharpie markers and chalk pencil-in the box for the trip.)

Mermaid image close-up

I stamped this mermaid onto the lid of the box and then colored her using mostly glitter glues. I wanted her to have an iridescence about her which the glitter glues were perfect for. I used chalk for her skin to give her a true fleshy color and the Sharpies to color the shells. The only part that I am not thrilled with is her hair. The glitter glue that I used appears golden yellow in the bottle, but when you apply it, it picks up some green tones. Other than that, I am pretty happy with how my little treasure box turned out.

Day 350: Cause to Celebrate
December 16, 2013

Wow. 350 days so far. Only 15 more to go after today. I can hardly believe it. I think that in and of itself is cause to celebrate, but I have so many more reasons to celebrate that are even bigger. My son, who is away at Marine Corps Boot Camp called yesterday to say that he had completed the Crucible and had received his Eagle, Globe and Anchor. (I can’t even type that without tearing up.) He will officially be graduating from Parris Island this Friday and will be home for Christmas.

For those who don’t know, it has been an extra long time coming in his case. He left on July 15 for what was supposed to be 13 weeks of boot camp. With just 3 weeks left in his training, he suffered a stress fracture in his femur and underwent surgery to put 3 pins into the bone. After 10 weeks of rehabilitation, he was ready to rejoin his training (luckily for him, he was able to pick up right where he had left off) and as of Saturday, he earned the title of U.S. Marine. I couldn’t be more proud of him and all that he has accomplished so far. This is just the first step, but as we all know, the first step can be the most important one.

Sorry for babbling on, and thanks for indulging me. On to today’s project. I knew that I wanted to see what Mojo Monday had posted and that I was likely to use it for my project today. I was right.

Here is my interpretation of today’s sketch (#324):

Frolicking Penguins Card

Now that I am comfortable with penguins being inspired by the sea since that is where they live, it has opened up some opportunities for me. I just love these guys and how they are celebrating with their little one and they all are clearly so happy. As soon as I saw the sketch with the longer rectangular space, I just knew that I was going to use this stamp. But, I didn’t stop at just stamping. I added bling to the puffs on their hats and used glitter glue to color the Christmas lights. I also found a string I had of small plastic toy Christmas lights and used those where the banners were on the original sketch.

Another project that I had been working on that I finished up the other day that isn’t nautical is my angel wreath. I am sharing it here as a way of thanking the angels who prayed for my son and watched over him these last 23 weeks.

Angel Wreath

And here is a close up of the angel that hangs in the middle of the wreath.

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I am looking forward to this Christmas since I know that I am getting the present that was at the top of my list…having all of  my boys with me. Now that they are growing up, I can’t expect that to happen every year, so I am going to really savor it this year. I hope that all of your dreams come true this holiday season as well.

Day 348: Stamped Candle
December 14, 2013

I was thinking about trying one thing this morning, but decided to wait until tomorrow since it might be a bit messy. I’m actually looking forward to playing with the alcohol inks, but today just wasn’t the day.

So, I was trying to come up with an idea for today. I don’t know why it took me almost the entire year to come up with the idea for today’s project, but it never occurred to me until I saw a picture of a stamped candle on one of the card blogs I used to go to for inspiration. As soon as I saw that, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Stamped Candle

I stamped the lighthouse onto 3 sides of the candle and on the remaining side, I stamped a sentiment that reads:

To keep the reefs
and rocks at bay
my light will help you
find your way.

Stamped Candle (dark)

I love the glow from the candle when it is in a darkened room.

The sentiment clearly is meant to be used with a lighthouse, but as soon as the idea hit, I knew that it was perfect for on the candle as well.

What do you think?

Day 347: All Wrapped Up
December 13, 2013

It is funny. I know exactly what I want to try for tomorrow’s project, but I had no clue what I wanted to do today. So I pulled up Pinterest and started looking at ideas. I found an idea that I really liked, but it was far from being nautical. So, I decided to play with that idea to see if inspiration came to me.

Snowflake Gift Tags

While working on these, I remembered that I had a cute little penguin stamp that would be perfect to use for Christmas gift tags. While I was looking for him, I also found a little crab stamp in my stash and decided to use both of them.

Sea Critter Christmas Gift Tags

The penguin was already wearing a Santa hat, so I figured the crab needed on too. I added the sticker Santa hat to the crab and added a white pom pom to the penguin’s hat and came up with these tags.

All told, I made a set of 8 tags – some snowflakes and some critters.

Set of Christmas Tags

Let’s be honest. You always run out of gift tags so being able to make some cute and some classic tags is a good skill to have.

Day 343: A Sweet Winter Card
December 9, 2013

Another card sketch blog that I used to follow closely is called The Sweetest Thing. I believe she posts a new sketch every 2 weeks with posts about My Favorite Things in between. For today, I decided to use her sketch as my starting point.

Winter Seals Card

I think the wintry weather influenced my choices this morning as well. IRL the reds that I used really do match better than it appears in the picutre. I used a plain piece of the dark red paper that I embossed with snowflakes for the main part of my background and accented it with a red printed paper with a snowflake print. Of course, when most people think of snow, they don’t think of inspired by the sea, but harp seals do live in the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, so I figured they count. I kept the coloring really simple, since the seals are white as pumps and darken to grey as they get older. I used grey chalk to give them a touch of color. Since my background was actually off white, I used a bit of white chalk on the snowy ground and light blue chalk in the sky. For the 3 small embellishments below the image, I punched snowflakes and added just a bit of glitter glue to them to give them a touch of sparkle.

 

Day 340: Artistic Expression
December 6, 2013

This morning, I decided to play with water colors and stamping. I really am not an artist, but I do like how today’s project turned out.

Water color ocean with fish

To start, I simply used a couple of shades of blue and a bit of white to cover my background. Once that had dried, I came back and stamped this cool fish using orange ink. I got the fish stamp from The Queen’s Ink at Savage Mill. Needless to say, I have been wanting to use it ever since I got it but I have been waiting for a suitable project. Not sure if today’s project really does the fish justice, but I do think it is fun and artistic. What do you think?

Day 333: A 3rd Mojo Inspired Card
November 29, 2013

Earlier this week, I came across a picture of a card in my Facebook feed that I just knew I would want to mimic. In case you haven’t figured it out, I love cards that open in less conventional ways. I was trying to figure out what I could do with it when the idea hit me that I could combine this style of card with the layout of the card over at Mojo Monday. What can I say? I just loved this week’s sketch over at Mojo Monday and how versatile it is. So, I set to work.

Lighthouse Card

To start with, I turned the sketch on its side. Admittedly, I simplified from the sketch and went with a square for my image rather than the circle used on the sketch, but I kept most of the other design elements in tact. What I loved about the Christmas card was the double fold on the front and how the sentiment was hidden behind the square with the image, so I duplicated that with my card.

Here is the inside with the sentiment:

Lighthouse Card Sentiment

In case you can’t read the sentiment, it says, “To keep the reefs and rocks at bay, my light will help you find your way.” I think it is such a tender message for any friend who might be going through a rough patch and it goes so perfectly with the lighthouse on the front of the card.

I am happy with how the card came together and how I combined to inspirational ideas that I was lucky enough to find this week. I promise, no more cards inspired by this week’s Mojo Monday sketch, but another week is coming, and I am not committing to anything yet with regard to next week’s sketch.